1 // Simon Walton
Simon Walton broke into the Leeds United first team as a teenager before joining Charlton Athletic for £500,000 in the summer of 2006.
The midfielder failed to make a single appearance for the Addicks and spent time on loan at Ipswich Town and Cardiff City before joining Queens Park Rangers in July 2007 for a fee of £200,000. Things didn’t quite work out for him at Loftus Road though and he made just one start and five appearances in total in his twelve months with the West London side.
It was a during his time at QPR that Walton enjoyed a brief loan spell with the Tigers, making six appearances in the club’s 2007/08 promotion-winning campaign. The move wasn’t made permanent though and Walton moved on to pastures new when signing for Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2008.
He made 66 appearances in four years on the south coast, scoring nine goals, and after loan spells with Blackpool, Crewe and Sheffield United, he joined Hartlepool United in July 2012 before going on to have spells at Crawley Town, Guisley, Sutton United, Billericay, Maidstone and Havant & Waterloo.
2 // Ernie Shepherd
It makes for a decent football quiz question – which player helped three different clubs to win promotion in 1948/49 and yet didn’t receive a single medal in recognition? The answer is Ernie Shepherd.
An exciting winger, Shepherd began that particular campaign with Fulham before joining West Bromwich Albion on a short-term deal midway through.
By March 1949 he was a Hull City player and helped the Tigers to seal the Division Three North title, scoring just five minutes into his debut against Darlington.
By the time the season had ended, not only had his current side won a title but Fulham had also claimed the second division championship with West Brom finishing as runners-up. Shepherd, however, didn’t meet the appearance criteria to be recognised with medals.
He scored three goals in 15 appearances during a four-month stay at Boothferry Park before joining Queens Park Rangers in July 1950, where he stayed for six years, making more than 200 league and cup appearances but there were to be no further promotion or title wins.
3 // Nick Culkin
When Nick Culkin made his Hull City debut on Boxing Day in 1999, he became the seventh goalkeeper to be used by the Tigers that campaign.
Becoming the latest player to solve a crisis between the sticks, Culkin was signed on loan from Manchester United where, earlier that season, he had made a brief Premier League appearance when coming on from the bench in a win against Arsenal.
The young stopper showed some impressive form during his brief stay at Boothferry Park, keeping three clean sheets in four appearances before returning to Old Trafford.
Culkin joined Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2002 but he struggled to establish himself at Loftus Road, playing 25 times before a long-standing knee injury forced an early retirement from the professional game in 2005.
His only action since has come with various non-league sides in the north-west, including FC United of Manchester, earning him the honour of becoming the first player to appear for both Manchester United and FC United in the process.
4 // Jay Simpson
Having come through the youth system at Arsenal to score twice on his first senior start for the Gunners, Jay Simpson’s development continued during loan spells with Millwall and West Bromwich Albion before joining Queens Park Rangers for the 2009/10 season.
It proved to be a decent campaign for the striker with 13 goals in 42 appearances as the R’s secured a mid-table finish in the Championship.
With first team opportunities back at Arsenal thin on the ground, his form at Loftus Road was enough to tempt Hull City into making a bid to bring Simpson to the KCOM Stadium on a permanent deal in August 2010.
It’s fair to say that he struggled to settle in East Yorkshire, taking until December to bag his first goals with a brace against Bristol City before spending part of his second season with the Club back on loan at Millwall.
He returned to score the opening goal of Steve Bruce’s reign as manager – a winner against Brighton & Hove Albion on the opening day of 2012/13 – and netted seven times during that promotion-winning campaign before being released following the Tigers’ return to the Premier League.